Falling in love with the path of self-inquiry and personal evolution in her teens, Mei Lai has been studying eastern philosophies and meditation for over 25 years, and yoga for 20 years. A senior yoga teacher, Mei Lai is a certified Embodied Flow™ teacher, with years of study and practice in Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Anusara yoga. From Naarm (Melbourne), Australia, but now living in Bundjalung country in Northern NSW, she teaches in-depth workshops, retreats and on international teacher trainings around the world, with a special focus on somatic and trauma-informed practices, and nada (sound) yoga.
With a BA in International Development and a Master of Social Work, Mei Lai spent many years working in remote Aboriginal communities running community development programs, before returning to Melbourne to offer psychosocial programs for people seeking asylum. She has trained in somatic-based trauma therapy and counselling, and combined these skills with yoga to deliver individual counseling, group work programs, and specially-tailored yoga programs for asylum seekers, refugees, disadvantaged youth, and people experiencing chronic pain and trauma.
A trained Doula, she is the founder, previous CEO and ongoing board director of Birth for Humankind, a non-profit organisation providing free birth support to women in disadvantaged circumstances.
She is now the director and lead teacher of Yoga for Humankind, a yoga school and social enterprise specialising in trainings in contemporary hatha, trauma-informed and community based yoga. She also offers private sessions in body-focused therapy, primarily via online.
Mei Lai is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT500 and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).